I Was a Stressed-out Workaholic. Then I Realized That One Fear Was at the Root of My Problems

by Khe Hy

When I was 34, I decided to start seeing a life coach. I had a good career in finance, but I knew I wanted to make a change—and I thought it would help to sort through professional options with a neutral third party. Years later, my coach and I laugh about our first encounter. The first thing I ... Read & React

Civil Servants Need to Stay Out of the Spin Business

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

The fact that government communications is ripe for abuse has undoubtedly contributed to trust levels in government that are at their lowest ever. While political corruption is chiefly responsible for public disillusionment (e.g. “Vietnam: The Loss Of American Innocence?”) it is also true that ... Read & React

Three Leadership Lessons from La La Land’s Jordan Horowitz

Jordan Horowitz, producer of "La La Land," shows the envelope revealing "Moonlight" as the true winner of best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26.
by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

No doubt, you heard all about it: It’s the end of the Academy Awards ceremony and Hollywood icons Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway have just announced that Best Picture goes to the popular musical "La La Land." The producers and cast joyfully come on stage to accept their Oscars and make their ... Read & React

How to Survive the Hiring Freeze

A hiring freeze is always a difficult thing to deal with. After all, it is hard to get the job done if you don’t have the resources you need. That said, there are ways to optimize the resources you currently have. In fact, if you adapt some or all of the strategies listed below, you may find that ... Read & React

What the U.S. Needs is More Older Workers, but a Fed Study Says Employers Refuse to Hire Them

by Oliver Staley

As the US population ages, policymakers are eager to keep seniors in the work force longer. Delaying retirement means more income generating taxpayers, and fewer workers drawing social security. But older Americans can only work if someone is willing to hire them, and many—particularly women—face ... Read & React

The Clumsy War Against the 'Administrative State'

Steve Bannon, President Trump's chief strategist, at the White House on Feb. 23.
by Donald F. Kettl Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

President Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, shook official Washington with his pledge before the Conservative Political Action Conference to ensure the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” He promised a battle: “If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a ... Read & React

Getting Serious About Employee Performance

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

President Trump recently stated, “Our moral duty to the taxpayer requires us to make our government leaner and more accountable. We must do a lot more with less.” Over time new technology will undoubtedly play an important role in this, but with budget cuts, the hiring freeze and planned workforce ... Read & React

The Stubborn Problem of Ageism in Hiring

by Marissa Evans

As traditional pensions disappear and lifespans get longer, older Americans are worried about not being able to retire, or burning through their 401(k)s to make ends meet. More people 65 and over are continuing to work: 18.8 percent, as opposed to 12.8 percent in 2000. Given the size of the Baby ... Read & React

What Disengaged Employees Would Say to the Boss (If They Could Be Honest)

by Michael Stallard President, E Pluribus Partners

Let’s assume you’ve just received the results of your organization’s employee engagement survey. They were disappointing. Now you need to understand why so many of your employees feel disconnected so you can make changes that will boost their engagement. Suppose you could hear the honest truth ... Read & React

Linguistics Can Help Conservatives and Liberals Agree on Objective Reality Again

Maybe we can get along, after all.
by Tom Syverson

In highly polarized moments, we tend to recycle the same words over and over again rather than have original thoughts. Phrases like “Make America Great Again” and terms like “alt-right” are representative of hand-me-down political terminology that serves no discursive purpose. But it’s not that we ... Read & React

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